In the Volcano's Mouth

In the Volcano's Mouth

by Miriam Bird Greenberg

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In the Volcano's Mouth by Miriam Bird Greenberg

Winner of the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
Winner of the 2017 Bob Bush Memorial Award for Best First Book of Poetry
from the Texas Institute of Letters
Miriam Bird Greenberg’s stunning first collection, which roves across a lush, haunting rural America both real and imagined, observed from railyards and roadsides, evokes the world of myth (“I’d spent my childhood / in a house made of bees; on hot days honey // dripped through cracks in the ceiling,” she writes). Yet these capacious, exquisitely tensioned poems are rooted in Greenberg’s experiences hitchhiking and hopping freight trains across North America, or draw from her informal interviews with contemporary nomads, hobos, and others living on society’s edges. Beneath their surface runs a current of violence, whether at the hands of fate or men: she writes “Everyone knows // what happens to women // who hitchhike, constantly // trying a door to the other world made of lake / bottom or low forest, abandoned house // even wild animals / have rejected.” The result is a queering of On the Road, a feminist Frank Stanford at once vulnerable and canny. Richly textured, In the Volcano’s Mouth is an extraordinary portrait of life on the enchanted margins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822982296
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/18/2016
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 72
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Miriam Bird Greenberg is the author of two chapbooks: All Night in the New Country andPact-Blood, Fevergrass. She teaches creative writing and English as a second language. Greenberg has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and The Poetry Foundation. Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Missouri Review, and in the anthologies Best New Poets 2014 and The Queer South. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Table of Contents

Contents I Would You Believe Ophidia Valediction An Affirmation of the Unsayable Aunt Tracy Is the Trickster God My Brother Sweeping the Porch in a Halo of Moths Economy of the Next Life Heaven and Earth Westbound A Thousand Wires Humming Incantation II How Loss Inhabits a Body Shortness of Breath Killing A Ghost Country of the Erotic Imagination River Blindness Landless The Train That Devours Spirit Level Love Poem Animal Instinct Early on the Day of the Solar Eclipse III A Spectacular Reformation of Their Old Ways Soda Lake Them Featherweights Don’t Know Half Enough to Get Themselves Killed The Old Order A Field Might Catch Fire The First Time They Hopped a Train Living in the End Times I Passed Three Girls Killing a Goat God’s Ear After I Die Notes Acknowledgments

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